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Citation overkill[edit]

Currently (2014-05-23 14:09) this page is littered with excessive citations. This seems to be a case of Wikipedia:Citation_overkill. Here is one example: "He is a vocal supporter of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics.[16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23][24][25]". Here is the prime example: "During his career Hawking has supervised 39 successful PhD students.[2][3][4][5][319][320][321][322][6][323][324][325][7][326][327][328][8][329][9][330][331][332][333][334][335][10][11][336][337][338][339][340][341][342][343][344][345][346][347][348]". The page also seems to have a citation every other line. Obviously having a citation is important for controversial/moot statements, but this does seem in excess. Either way I cannot edit this page. --User:Stevenchartis

Broken link on reference 262[edit]

The link in reference 262 seems to be broken. Since the article is locked I can't update myself, here is a working link to the same source: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2008/10/31/uk-pope-hawking-idUKTRE49U6NB20081031


Biggest blunder reference not correct[edit]

Somewhere half through the 2000-present part, it says:

In the 2005 paper he published on the subject, he argued that the information paradox was explained by examining all the alternative histories of universes, with the information loss in those with black holes being cancelled out by those without.[222][288] In January 2014 he called this his "biggest blunder." [289]

If you follow reference 289:

Hawking changes mind about Black Holes United Press International

You won't find that Hawkings said that this was his biggest blunder. If you do a quick search on the internet you'll find enough articles where his quote is indeed mentioned. So maybe the reference should change? This one seems like a good candidate:

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21328460.500-stephen-hawking-at-70-exclusive-interview.html

Also, I don't think it's clear in the context of the sentence WHAT exactly his biggest blunder was. In the interview Hawkings says his biggest blunder was the thought of information being lost in black holes, but if you read the sentence we have on Wikipedia, one might think that his biggest blunder was the 2005 paper where he argued that the information paradox can be explained by examining all the alternative histories of universes etc.

Edit: While I'm exploring this subject a bit more, I notice that he said this in 2012 and not 2014. So, maybe we're talking about some other 'biggest blunder'? I'm a bit confused now...

This still hasn't been fixed in our article. As the above poster points out, our article is vague as to what the biggest blunder was, using an antecedentless "this". The mention of his "biggest blunder" is cited to what is now ref #288; this source does not contain the quote and at the bottom it says that it has been updated to remove a fictional quote (stemming from a joke article about US politician Michelle Bachmann). However, the New Scientist article cited by the above poster gives the following question and answer:
Einstein referred to the cosmological constant as his "biggest blunder". What was yours?
I used to think that information was destroyed in black holes. But the AdS/CFT correspondence led me to change my mind. This was my biggest blunder, or at least my biggest blunder in science.
Please correct the citation in our article giving the source that actually contains the " biggest blunder" quote, and please clarify specifically what the blunder was. Thanks! 208.50.124.65 (talk) 17:54, 30 July 2014 (UTC)

how the universe started[edit]

how about the positive and negative atoms one light one dark was god playing marbles and when they collided our universe was the result. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 89.242.120.122 (talk) 17:14, 20 June 2014 (UTC)

Please undo vandalism of 1:40 on 27 April 2014[edit]

It's presumably by a sock puppet of banned user NaomiNaomiNaomi, who did the same vandalism on 29 March and which was reverted on 4 April. 208.50.124.65 (talk) 22:40, 30 July 2014 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 14 August 2014[edit]

Please add, to the list of doctoral students, Christophe Galfard, who was Stephen Hawking's Ph.D. student until 2006 (and from 2000), as you can check here: http://www.genealogy.math.ndsu.nodak.edu/id.php?id=112214

or on "Christophe Galfard" on French Wikipedia:

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christophe_Galfard

or in the acknowledgments of Hawking's 2005 paper below:

http://arxiv.org/pdf/hep-th/0507171.pdf

Thank you.

Tristam Drake (talk) 16:16, 14 August 2014 (UTC)

The list of doctoral students is only for notable people. In other words, that means people who have a Wikipedia article on them. Stickee (talk) 03:33, 6 September 2014 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done Just noticed he had an article on fr.wiki. Stickee (talk) 03:48, 6 September 2014 (UTC)

Time travel party[edit]

Is there some reason why this event was not added? See here: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/07/02/stephen-hawking-time-travel_n_1643488.html StainlessSteelScorpion (talk) 15:21, 7 September 2014 (UTC)